Herbs To Calm Your Nervous System


Use nervine herbs, which are soothing to the nervous system to encourage calm and relaxation. Examples are:



  • chamomile

  • valerian

  • lemon balm

  • oat straw


Use adaptogens, which condition the nervous system to deal with a broad range of stressors and quickly return to a state of balance once the stressor goes away, without robbing the body of vital nutrients and energy. These include



  • ashwagandha

  • tulsi (Holy Basil) (my personal favorite)

  • schisandra Berry

  • eleuthero/Siberian Ginseng

  • rhodiola

  • passionflower


These can all be taken as teas, liquid tinctures, or infusions (directions to make infusions from dried herbs is included below).



An infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time.

One ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water,

tightly covered and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours.

Straining the infusion and squeezing the herb be sure to discard the herb back into the earth!

A cup or more is consumed, and the remainder refrigerated.

Drink 2-4 cups a day. 

Best used in 36 hours.


Some people like honey added, I feel living in a warm climate a pinch of salt is even better.



Minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions.

I make my infusions at night before I go to bed and they are ready in the morning.